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By Todd Rappitt
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/25/2005

When Richard O’Brien of Toronto got married recently, he and his bride, Narda, took an exotic honeymoon in tropical St. Martin. O’Brien was thrilled — not only about the sun, sand and surf — but also by the savings. The entire trip was paid for by his employer, WarrenShepell, a provider of employee assistance programs and work-life services.

O’Brien, a web developer, won the trip as part of WarrenShepell’s annual “Getaway-Giveaway” draw. A dozen employees, picked at random, each win week-long trips to the company’s suite in a time-share condo. It’s one of many innovative perks that the firm offers, from coverage for massage therapy, to an RRSP match program, to annual employee tickets for a gala premier at the Toronto Film Festival.

“You always need the day-to-day benefits, but something like a free trip really adds to your excitement,” says O’Brien, who arranged his wedding date around his prize.